Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 3-9: Automation methods, IIoT-enabled maturity model, sensors 101, more

Articles about automation enhancing a brewery, IIoT-enabled maintenance maturity models, sensors and control system inputs, Automate 2017 preview, and PID learning were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra April 10, 2017

The top 5 most read articles online, from Apr. 3-9 for Control Engineering, covered automation enhancing a brewery, IIoT-enabled maintenance maturity models, sensors and control system inputs, Automate 2017 preview, and PID learning. Links to each article below.

1. Automation helps turn home brewer into brew house

Automation methods used in a distillery are adapted for use in the fermentation process at a brew house.

2. How an IIoT-enabled maintenance maturity model works

Six actions that set the stage for better asset management.

3. Sensors 101: Control system inputs

Thinking of sensors as a physical input to a control system can help an engineer realize there are a lot more possibilities than they realize in a field that is narrowly focused in its thinking.

4. Automation show features IIoT, robot developments

Automate 2017 at McCormick Place in April will have over 400 exhibitors displaying developments in robotics, discrete manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and automation.

5. The PID learning process

While there are many excellent loop tuning methods available, many practitioners prefer tweaking proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning constants or using rules-of-thumb rather than doing the required step test and data analysis. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on controleng.com, April 3-9, for articles published within the last two months.

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.